We might still be in the midst of a global pandemic but nature goes on and it’s comforting people during these uncertain times.
While a number of zoos and animal attractions are now reopening, many are still catering for individuals remaining at home with a variety of live streams.
A park in Alaska has brought back its giant brown bear camera, so people can watch the creatures from the comfort of their own homes.
Katmai National Park has reinstated its live stream which features the bears hunting for wild salmon at Brooks Falls.
The feed is particularly active between late June and July – this is when their mating season is at its peak, so the bears are hungrier than usual.
It’s live for 24 hours a day and viewers may also spot bald eagles, gulls and the occasional wolf hunting for food, too.
The park is home to more than 2,200 brown bears and some of the larger ones can catch and eat more than 30 salmon per day.
It also runs an annual ‘fat bear contest’ which allows visitors to rank their favourite chunky bears as they gain weight for the winter season. Last year the accolade was won by Holly, whose hefty weight helped her hibernate until the spring.
Katmai National Park and Preserve was established to protect and study the active volcanic landscape surrounding the Valley of the Ten Thousand Smokes.
It’s a critical habit for both brown bears and salmon, and gives visitors and scientists the chance to explore and study the arctic ecosystems.
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